SWTOR Bioware Canceled Shadow Realms to focus on SWTOR

Bioware announced today the cancelation of their Shadow Realms game with the Austin team to focus on expanding SWTOR and other IPs.

Today I’m sharing some important news about Shadow Realms and our BioWare Austin studio.

We’ve made the decision to not move forward with development of Shadow Realms. We fully recognize that this news is disappointing to some of our fans, so I want to explain more behind this decision.

While the team did amazing work on the game concept and we got lots of great feedback from our fans at events and through other game testing, right now there are other projects for the team to work on within the BioWare studios for the coming year and beyond. We’ve got an incredibly talented team here at the Austin studio, and they are excited and already deep on new projects within the BioWare family, ones that will make some great BioWare games even better.

These include additional ongoing enhancements to the award-winning Dragon Age: Inquisition, as well as the next game in the Mass Effect series and other new IP.

But the biggest focus for our team in BioWare Austin will be on Star Wars: The Old Republic™. As every Star Wars™ fan knows, this is a massive year in the Star Wars universe. We have some great plans for expanding this epic game this year, and look forward to sharing the news about those plans with our players in the coming weeks.

For all the people that registered for the Shadow Realms Closed Alpha, we’re working on a way to say thank-you for signing up. To all those players that gave us feedback at Gamescom and PAX, and those that shared their thoughts and impressions in the past months, we thank you for being part of the conversation.

Jeff Hickman

General Manager, BioWare Austin


For those who don’t know what Shadow Realms is. It is an ARPG featuring 5 players, with 4 players playing as “heroes” while the 5th player playing as the “villain”,

By Dulfy

MMO guide writer and blogger. Currently playing and covering SWTOR, GW2, and TSW.

63 replies on “SWTOR Bioware Canceled Shadow Realms to focus on SWTOR”

It’s about time they pulled the A team back to their laggy, glitchy, and boring cash cow. Maybe soon I can stop looking for a new way to spend my and just play the game I used to love so much.

The hell?

Next game in Mass Effect series?
Yeah, I know they are corporate morons, but seriously? After the shitty ending for ME3, what are we gonna do? Have a reaperfied party with techno music to fit the new theme?

Reapers win won’t be the official ending. Same way KOTOR had an official ending, ME will too. The hybrid choice won’t require much work to implement, but I suspect BW will just overrule that choice and say ‘yeah, it got reversed not long after’ or some lazy BS.

Well two people beat me to the punch but I’ll chime in along with them: WAHHHH!!! WAHHHH!! CRY! BITCH! MOAN! EAWARE!! MORONS!!!!!! GREEDY!!!!! WHIMPER!!! PANIC!!! MORE BITCHING!!!!

Sit down and shut up.

Lately I had the feeling that the bioware team was not able to manage all the short comings in swtor, for the past year all the glitches in operations/flashpoints and glitches in cutscenes.
Besides those the amount of Cartel Market Armour, that is broken and is not getting fixed was and is piling up. I was happy to see that lately bioware tried to fix some recent cartel market armor and new gear what is now in the game (stretching of armour and clipping), for example lana beniko’s skirt was terrible broken (it had a lot of clipping and stretching) but luckily they fixed it completely in 3.0.
I still hope they look into the broken gear and fix them (just like naga sadow’s skirt, same as lana in mechanics but still broken for like 9 months now?).
Anyways I hope they can resolve these issues.

Good. If there’s one thing the SWTOR Dev team needs, it’s more manpower. I guess this game is why SWTOR was shifted to a skeleton crew. Hopefully now they can actually run this game like a proper MMO.

Very good news. As a SWTOR player, it’s good to hear that they still care about the game enough to kill another. Still feel sorry for the people looking forward to this game, though.

Good. It looked dull anyway, and seemed like they just wanted to copy that new Fable game (God knows why, Fable has fallen far). Seems like pretty shitty management though, to announce a game and then decide that actually they can’t manage it. Hopefully SWTOR will actually come off life support this year and get some of those CC $$’s reinvested.

If they take all that manpower and focus them on server stability, latency issues, bug fixes and something for the pvp:ers, i might start to subscribe again. As in, all the things that weren’t in their road map for 2015…

This may sound stupid, but I was looking forward to the fact that this game was supposedly going to launch with S/S romances. Would’ve been the first MMORPG to do so. Kind of sad.

Sounds like it would have been a cool game, but I’m glad SWTOR will be getting the extra attention it sorely needs right now.

It looks like they are trying to get their shit together. They put together a “road map”, pulled in the dev crew to fix the game, and as a result postponed a patch in order to get it right. My sub is up at the end of the month. Maybe they will make the game playable by then.

I commend this. I’ve loved this game since it dropped, but it has it’s fair share of issue that keep it from being bug and complaint free. Not complaining and happily paying my subscription.

That went to shit real fast…. On the other hand…. Hope they will make use of the resources they have now for swtor… And I really mean make use of the resources… Not some copy Paste crap, recolor

oh my. I’m pleased that bioware prioritized swtor, but surprised they began developing a game that they didn’t knew if they could handle simultaneously with the previous one. maybe shadow realms is to blame for all the weirdness that bioware is showing since 3.0?

As Ben Madden pointed out above, I think this is more probably because Evolve launched yesterday, with the same 4 players versus 1 player formula, and Bioware probably decided it was best not to play second fiddle to another game developer and put out a game that had essentially the same formula.

If it was already in alpha I doubt the issue was an inability to develop it, especially with the positive feedback they attest it’d gotten already.

I dunno, if evolve was hugely sucessful BW might have been ok, I think it’s more looking at it and realizing that “this just isn’t gonna be that great a game concept and they can’t make it work with their strength”

I like to tell myself they’ve decided to ‘wait and see’, and if Evolve is huge then maybe.

All I really know is that if I’d been beaten to the punch by another company, I’d have second thoughts about releasing my game too, for lots of reasons.

Weeee, now they can bring out more broken patches/expansions, with content that lasts a few weeks – even faster.

And then, versions a through c of each patch, to fix prior patches/updates for bugs that keep coming back, but at least taking 1month+ to do it, if you’re lucky.

I also expect Ziost to be pretty small in size and content (prolly Oricon 2) and the sith saber from the movies will be a CC item as well no doubt, in one form or another.

I have no faith in the team whatsoever, as since beta they’ve proven themselves to be inept at almost every turn.

Im pretty sure that’s that new ap or something that u can just type whatever you want and make your own demotivational posters. Problem is people can now think their hilarious when in fact it’s just lame. Origional demo posters were really good jokes.

You can like a game and still have no faith in the development team. Same way you don’t give up on a family member who’s become a crack addict; you stick around to try and help, even if you know deep down things will only get worse.

actually if I have no faith in a MMO I leave it and then check back in a few months to hear if anythings changed. SWTOR is a F2P MMO, you can pop in and out to check up on the progress without ever spending a cent on it. if the games so aweful. and you remain subbed, you’re wasting your money

‘F2P’ is a stretch. But believe it or not, some of us like to stick around in the hopes that our voices might be able to steer the direction of the game (something known commonly as ‘feedback’). An apathetic approach might suit you, but others actually care about the future of the game.

I care plenty, I just know if I dislike something the best way to make substantial changes is to vote with my wallet.

Not at all. The best way to make a change is to speak up and give feedback. A multi-million dollar company like EA won’t care if you stop playing.

Wow, a stereotypical reply, from a lemming who obviously has telepathy, else how could you come to that conclusion 😉

Oh btw no, I have no sub for this game. Like I said above, I reserve the right to complain about a product I was not getting.

So take your ill-informed troll-like ways out the door, but make sure it hits you on the way out; I need a giggle.

“since beta they’ve proven themselves to be inept at almost every turn.” So… why are you still here? Are you a sub?

‘was’, past tense. I reserve the right to expect a decent end product and the right to complain when its not delievered.

Or, y’know, maybe they just went ahead and made a responsible corporate decision to tank a compromised project in favor of putting those resources toward making sure that new SWTOR content is released in a more finished form and a more timely fashion?

And I sincerely hope that the sith saber from episode VII is released on the Cartel Market – that would be pretty nifty, actually. What little I saw in the preview made it look like an ancient artifact, so that seems like it would be appropriate?

If you want to complain about something meaningful, why not ask why they’ve never released any headgear specifically for Twi’lek characters?

Seriously though, why keep playing a game that’s never NOT disappointed you? That sort of thing will make you bitter.

Bioware didn’t do the responsible thing, they took into account that they’re likely to net alot of revenue in timing with the film coming out, thats all it is, money over quality – it is EA’s M.O after all.

Broken record anywho replying to everyone here, enjoy the same broken mess that its always been. Subs over and its time for a change 🙂

So your argument is that this company ( which are made to make money ) is currently NOT being responsible by cutting their losses on development of a game whose concept has already been compromised by being published by another company, and then allocating those resources into an existing game that’s likely to soon increase in both popularity and revenue?

This word ‘responsible’, I do not think it means what you think it means.

Crossguard lightsaber is called a greatsaber and will be the weapon of the new class coming with 4.0 called the Arcanist

Excellent! Bummer about what might have been a cool game, but I can’t complain about them doubling down on SWTOR and other great IPs.

The “New IP” Just means Star Wars games that arent based on KOTOR. I hear they will happen 1000 years after the movies, and that Bioware is going for an M rating. Expected (not official) release date is December 2021.

Yea, this was more of an EVOLVE kick to the nutt sack. Bioware did the right thing. Regardless of where the extra team goes, it’s never good to release a game that your competitors slam dunked the formula on. You’d look like a second rate copy cat. Cut bait! Move on…

Yea, they got the formula right. It just seems that nobody really like the formula. Left for Dead 2 was so much better. At least your had a team against another team.

I feel like bioware is really ttrying to improve in how they are running this game with the changes to community streams and now this. Keep up the good work!

I did enjoy the data ‘scavenger hunt’ that we did on this site when shadowrealms was announced. be cool if we had a scavenger hunt in SWTOR.

That’s fine with me as I haven’t seen any of the SR artwork anyways. Anything they have to do to get more quality content into SWTOR works for me.

“To Focus on Swtor” is pure marketing to remind people it exists and ride the Movie’s hype. There won’t be any focus on Swtor. The focus will be on DA:I, ME4 mainly.

Would rather see the UI’s, latency, and servers fixed. I will always be a loyal subscriber, but will not subscribe while the game is like it is. And every response from the support staff,has shown me that they don’t care. I will return, once things have returned to normal, but I have my doubts that they will.

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